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What a time to be a Boston sports fan. The C’s beat up on Brian Scalabrine’s Bulls last night. The Pats are hosting the Jets Monday night at Gillette in the biggest game thus far in the NFL’s regular season. Gillette Stadium is buzzing today with six Eastern Mass. high school Super Bowls. Oh, and the Red Sox, the team that’s not even in-season, probably made the biggest news of them all this morning, trading for Padres All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
So, it’d be easy to forget that the Bruins (14-8-2), fresh off an 8-1 drubbing of the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night, head to Toronto this evening to take on Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs (8-12-4) at Air Canada Centre. The B’s have been making some news of their own this week, first beating the Flyers Wednesday in the teams’ first meeting since last spring’s playoffs, then following it up with the trouncing of the ‘Ning Thursday.
Beyond the eight-goal onslaught Thursday, the game also marked the return of center Marc Savard. Savard didn’t earn a point in the game, but his presence on the ice for nearly 16 minutes was a sight Bruins fans had been looking forward to for a while.
The other news swirling around the team off the ice is the Marco Sturm situation. Thursday afternoon, it was reported several places that Sturm was heading to the L.A. Kings in a trade. Not so. The deal with the Kings reportedly fell through when Sturm failed his physical. And so, while Sturm has agreed to waive his no-trade clause to help faciliate a deal, he does remain with the Bruins, preparing for his eventual return to the ice in mid-December, not knowing with which team that return will be made with.
With all of that being said, the Bruins on-ice focus turns to the struggling Leafs, 0-3-1 in their last four games, and coming off probably their most embarassing loss of the year Thursday night, a 5-0 home loss to the lowly Edmonton Oilers.
To get you ready for tonight’s game, it’s time to throw some pre-game notes your way…